Doctors found coronavirus in semen samples from COVID-19 infected patients. The consequences of this discovery are called unknown so far. Every day, about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, science will learn something new. Another piece of the puzzle that a dangerous viral infection organized was discovered in a small study by doctors in China. In the sperm of young patients with confirmed COVID-19, the genetic code for coronavirus was detected.
The study accepted a total of 38 patients who were treated at a city hospital in Henan Province. Fifteen of them agreed to provide semen samples for examination during the acute phase of the disease. And 23 people passed the samples after recovery. In the first group in four patients, and in the second group in two people, coronavirus was detected in the samples.
All samples were taken on the second and third day after a recognized recovery. Such a study is based on an analysis of the condition of the so-called immune-privileged areas. These also include the eyes, central nervous system, placenta.
They can give a strong immune response. Scientists believe that during the period of evolutionary adaptation, certain organs were able to receive the highest level of protection and be reliably adapted to respond to viral infections. But not all viruses can fight back.
For example, the Ebola virus in surviving patients after an illness remained in sperm for the next three years and could be transmitted several months after the patient recovered. What will be the consequences after the recovery of patients with COVID-19 science is still unknown?
The presence of viral RNA from patient sperm samples is not an indication that the virus is present in the body. Scientists intend to devote the next stage of research to asymptomatic carriers of the virus and patients who recovered after the most severe forms of the disease. Doctors intend to find out whether coronavirus can be transmitted, including sexually.